Eaterprises is excited!

Eaterprises is excited!

……that its only one more sleep to Eco City Melbourne Food Forum! Kirsten will be giving a taster of all things Eaterprises and Open Food Web Foundation at tonight’s lightening talks session.  And then we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and talk and listen and generally have fun…in equal measure on Friday!   Here’s 10 things we’re particularly excited […]

Successful small farmers – where to from here?

Successful small farmers – where to from here?

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers, Philosophy | Comments Off on Successful small farmers – where to from here?

The successful small farmers session left me with lots of new ideas. It also raised some big questions that I think are important for coming up with ‘better ways’ Got to be a better way: distributors that aren’t focused on ‘the cut’ – based on transparency, integrity, trust. Seems like a big waste of energy for farmers having to be […]

Successful small farmers – insights and experience

Successful small farmers – insights and experience

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on Successful small farmers – insights and experience

In the Successful Small Farmers session, there were three farmers talking about their experiences and what they’ve learnt (leading to their advice to those getting started). This was a really interesting and useful session – a wealth of knowledge and passion punctuated by dry humour and a good dose of dungarees 🙂

CSFC Farm Tour – Paicines Ranch

CSFC Farm Tour – Paicines Ranch

Posted by on March 21, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on CSFC Farm Tour – Paicines Ranch

Paicines Ranch was brought primarily for conservation purposes – the real passion here is to restore the grasslands through use of holistic management, rotational grazing etc. Purchased with IT money – Silicon Valley seems to be inadvertently funding some interesting activity! The property is about 7,500 acres with low rainfall – long-term avg around 12-14 in (by my calculations this […]

CSFC Farm Tour – Hain Ranch Organics

CSFC Farm Tour – Hain Ranch Organics

Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers, Uncategorized | Comments Off on CSFC Farm Tour – Hain Ranch Organics

Hain Ranch Organics runs a pastured poultry system (adapted from Joel Salatin approach), under / throughout an existing walnut orchard. Things that were most noticeable about this for me: